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Ballet in the Olympics?
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Author:  ksneds [ Fri Feb 17, 2006 6:32 am ]
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Well, I don't think there's any chance of ballet (or ballroom) for that matter getting in the Olympics, given that the current movement is towards cutting down the number of sports. They're hardly going to add anything like dance, when we're struggling to keep things like fencing and eventing in. Plus, also the movement towards objectivity - for instance the new skating scoring system (still plenty of fudge room, but it does take a much stricter look at what's in a program and how it should be marked and includes video replay).

Also, to be an Olympic sport, there has to be ONE international governing body and one national governing body in each country, which dictate the rules and guidelines. Can you imagine trying to choose and govern a single ballet organization in each country that would run all official competitions and set all the guidelines. And you think running one company is full of politics!


Author:  Michael Goldbarth [ Fri Feb 17, 2006 11:33 am ]
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You are correct. It is difficult to find impartial and excellent ballet critics! Fortunately, Critical Dance can boast one of the best critics on the planet in Michael Goldbarth, who would love to judge ballet at the Olympics! Did you catch his review of Mr. K's Swan Lake? Heather Ogden rules! :D

Author:  Georgie [ Sat May 06, 2006 5:19 pm ]
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If you think of ballet as a sport then it belongs in the Olympics. If you think of ballet as an art form then it has no place in the Olympics.

Author:  salzberg [ Sat May 06, 2006 5:30 pm ]
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Well, yes and no, Georgie; thinking of ballet as a sport does not make ballet a sport.

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